Western Madagascar - Ankarafantsika National Park individual tour extension
Schlegel's asity, Ankarafantsika  
Common brown lemurs (Maxence Bigey)  
Madagascar green pigeons, Ampijoroa  
The Endangered Rhinoceros chameleon, Ankarafantsika  
Crested coua  
Western Woolly lemur (A Telford)  
Sickle-billed vanga (Jan Gersag, Rainbow Tours client 2018)  
Cuckoo-roller, Ankarafantsika (Jan Gersag, Rainbow Tours client, 2018)  
Rufous vanga is common in Ankarafantsika  
Golden-brown (Ravelobe) mouse lemur  
Red-capped coua is best sought in Ankarafantsika  
Coquerel's sifaka, the park's flagship lemur.  
Madagascar crested ibis nest near the campsite  
Madagascar big-headed turtle at Durrell's Projet Angonoka, Ampijoroa  
Visitors exploring Ankarafantsika (Amedee Jacanidos)  
Collared iguanids are common at the campsite  
Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko  
Critically Endangered Madagascar fish eagle flying over Lac Ravelobe  
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Tour Highlights

  • Coquerel's sifakas, Brown lemurs and rare Mongoose lemurs by day
  • Baobabs
  • All the western Malagasy forest-dependent endemic birds
  • Critically endangered Madagascar fish eagles during Lac Ravelobe boat trips
  • Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's Project Angonoka for endangered tortoises and turtles
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Western Madagascar - Ankarafantsika National Park individual tour extension

We now offer 5-day individual extensions before or after any Madagascar tours, for keen wildlife (and especially birding) enthusiasts who want to experience this wonderful, 130,000ha national park, one of the most rewarding examples of Western Malagasy seasonally dry deciduous forest. With 8 lemur species, 130 birds including all the western region’s forest-dependent endemics, and 70 reptile species, its with good reason that we call the place ‘Ankarafantastica’.  

This sample itinerary includes return domestic Tsaradia flights from Antananarivo to Mahajanga, the nearest airport.  Birders can then also make a boat excursion for some rare endemic species on Betsiboka River Delta.

If you are pushed for time and your travel dates do not coincide with the Air Madagascar/Tsaradia domestic flights, then we recommend driving one way from Antananarivo to Ankarafantsika (drive time is about 8hrs), with a lunch stop on the way and the chance to stop at a marsh site for species like Madagascar jacana. 

Day 1
Day 1
Day 1: Antananarivo - Mahajanga - Ankarafantsika National Park
You will be met and transferred to Antananarivo Airport to check in for the flight to Mahajanga on the north-west coast. On arrival, you will be met by your professional, experienced, English-speaking Malagasy guide and your driver. Travel 2 ½ hours inland along a good road to Ankarafantsika National Park, where you stay for 3 nights in the rustic Tia Asity Lodge OR Gite de Ampijoroa, or Blue Vanga Lodge, all meals included. Guided day and night walks should reveal plenty of wildlife.
Accommodation: Gite de Ampijoroa
Day 2
Day 2
Day 2: Ankarafantsika National Park
The first of two full days in which to make the most of Ankarafantsika and seek out the wonderful array of mammals, birds and reptiles that find protection here.
Your time will include a boat trip on Lac Ravelobe where a key attraction is the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle, one of the world’s 6 rarest raptors.
You will also be taken to see the sandstone canyon and a grove of the large northern Malagasy baobab Adansonia madagascariensis.
An added bonus is being able to see the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s largest Madagascar-based project site, ‘Projet Angonoka’, where the 4 endemic Malagasy land tortoises and its one endemic freshwater turtle, are being bred in captivity as part of the DWCT’s ‘SAFE’ (Saving Animals From Extinction) programme. Your guides will take you along the trails – graded as easy for the most part – for day and night walks.
Accommodation: Gite de Ampijoroa
Day 3
Day 3
Day 3 - Ankarafantsika National Park
Your second full day to enjoy this wonderful national park.
Accommodation: Gite de Ampijoroa
Day 4
Day 4
Day 4: Ankarafantsika Natonal Park to Mahajanga
After a final forest walk in Ankarafantsika, travel back this afternoon to Mahajanga to stay overnight in Coco Lodge with all meals included.
Day 5
Day 5
Day 5: Betsiboka Delta excursion - Majajanga airport - Antananarivo (flight)
In the morning, you will be collected from Coco Lodge, and taken for a boat excursion into the wide, red Betsiboka River Delta, where birders go to seek rare endemic species such as Madagascar teal, Humblot’s heron and Madagascar white ibis. Transfer to Mahajanga airport to check in for the Tsaradia flight back to Antananarivo.

Pricing Information & Dates

5 day tour, from £1685 per person
Price Includes:
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Guide
Itinerary Dates From Price
01 Feb 2020
28 Feb 2021
Price Includes
* return domestic flights and airport taxes
* all private 4-wheel drive transfers and transportation
* services of dedicated, professional, experienced wildlife and birding expert Malagasy guide and of driver
* excursions and activities
* national park permits and park guide fees
* all accommodation with all meals.
* mineral water

Tour Route Map

  1.   Ankarafantsika National Park

Accommodation on this Tour

Gite de Ampijoroa
Gite de Ampijoroa
Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar
Gite de Ampijoroa has three types of accommodation including seven rustic, recently completely refurbished, en- suite chalets - some of which sleep up to four guests - which are located on the shore of Lac Ravelobe in wildlife-rich deciduous woodland mixed with teak trees.

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